Women’s League Reads

You are invited to join Women’s League Reads, a worldwide conversation about books of interest to today’s Jewish women.  Women’s League Reads is a moderated online discussion group, via Google Groups, for members of Women’s League in which everyone is invited to post comments, ask questions and make observations about the book.

Women’s League Reads is proud to announce our first  featured book of the new year:

Modern Girls by Jennifer S. Brown

This historical-fiction novel is set in 1935 on New York City’s Lower East Side. Rose, a traditional Jewish mother who scrimps and saves in hope of her children’s success, also has political activist yearnings, and Dottie, her single daughter, is an Americanized striver. Both are ambitious women who strain against gender confines, yet find their lives upended by unwanted pregnancies. Their first-person narratives alternate. There is a glimpse, too, of the looming Holocaust in Europe, viewed through correspondence between Rose, and her brother in Poland.

Jennifer S. Brown is an accomplished writer of stories, essays and travel pieces. This is her first novel.

Modern Girls was a Jewish Book Council Staff Pick for July 2016; read their synopsis here.

Conversations with the chosen authors and scholars:

  • To listen to our conversation with Jennifer S. Brown, author of Modern Girls, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Deborah Tannen, author of You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Betsy Lerner, author of The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir, click here.
  • To listen to our inter-generational conversation with Erica Perl, author of When Life Gives You OJ, click here.
  • To listen to our cooking lesson with Mollie Katzen, author of The Moosewood Cookbookclick here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Lauren Belfer, author of And After the Fire, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Sarit Yishai-Levi, author of The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Joy Ladin, author of Through the Door of Life:  A Jewish Journey Between Genders, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Phyllis Chesler, author of An American Bride in Kabul, click here.
  • To listen to our conversation with Gina Nahai, author of The Luminous Heart of Jonah S, click here.
  • To listen to our interactive, inter-generational program for  Sydney Taylor’s All of a Kind Family, click here.

To join Women’s League Reads, click here. Include your name, email, sisterhood, or notice that you are an individual member of Women’s League (not a member of a sisterhood). In addition to reading together, we look forward to sharing some exciting benefits of participation in this group.